Is the future of television already upon us? From the sounds of it (I’m in Canada), Apple just pushed HBO Go and WatchESPN apps to the Apple TV in US markets.
From the Press Release:
HBO GO users get unlimited access to their favorite HBO shows, including HBO original programming, hit movies, sports, documentaries, comedy specials and more. This includes full seasons of the best of HBO, plus bonus features and special behind-the-scenes extras. HBO GO on Apple TV requires a subscription to HBO through participating television providers.
WatchESPN on Apple TV delivers a one-stop video destination for sports fans with live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line to those who receive ESPN’s networks as part of their video subscription from affiliated providers.
It sounds like you need a cable package that has access to the channels, which kind of defeats the purpose if you’re a cable cutting aficionado, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. You’ll also need to update your Apple TV to see the new apps.
Canadians, and other countries get Crunchyroll and Qello access, but no HBO and ESPN.